Dr Nicola Randall BSc (Hons) PhD CertTHE
- Director of the Centre for Evidence Based Agriculture (CEBA) at Harper Adams University
- Principal lecturer in the Crop and Environmental Science Department.
- Knowledge Exhange Co-ordinator for Harper Adams University
- Chair of Research Degrees Awarding Board
My main interests are in the fields of ecology, and of the use of scientific evidence in order to support and underpin policy and management decision making. I am director of the Centre for Evidence Based Agriculture http://www.harper-adams.ac.uk/initiatives/centre-evidence-based-agriculture a reviewing, training and co-ordinating hub for the collation and synthesis of agri-food evidence. I am also on the editorial board for Environmental Evidence, a journal for the publication of systematic reviews and evidence syntheses on the effectiveness of environmental management interventions and on the impact of human activities on the environment.
Agricultural Ecology and Biodiversity, Invasive Species, Evidence synthesis for environmental and agricultural decision making, Systematic Review, Systematic Mapping, Ecological Policy, Dissemination and use of research information.
PhD student projects
Director of Studies
Claire Blowers - Multifunctional field margins for delivery of ecosystem services (water quality protection, pollinator support and bio-control) BBSRC/Syngenta icase
Edward Baxter - Conservation at the crop edge: The botanical composition of wild headlands and their impact on provision of invertebrates for grey partridge chick diet (Perdix Perdix) (With James Hutton)
Stuart Norris - To quantify and compare contrasting maize cultivation techniques and measure affects on invertebrate biodiversity (With Rothamsted North Wyke)
Colin Fernley- How are national government, local planning authorities and local communities defining sustainable development in the context of rural housing in England? Director of Studies - Emma Pierce-Jenkins
Christelle Ledroite - Ecological Implications and sustainability of organic and biodynamic farming in comparison to conventional and BT-conventional farming. Director of Studies - Dr Barbara Smith, Coventry University
Past PhD students
- Fundamentals of Agroecology (PG)
- Applied Ecology (UG)
- Contemporary Countryside and Environmental Issues (UG)
Other taught modules:
- Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (PG)
- Ecological Entomology (PG)
- Introduction to Ecology (UG field course)
- Integrated Countryside Management (UG)
- Introduction to Ecology (field course)
- Strategic management and sustainability (field course)
- British Ecological Society (Committee member Agro-ecology special interest group)
- Society for Conservation Biology
- Evidence for the impact of neonicotinoid insecticides on the environment, mitigation measures and the potential environmental and economic consequences of not using this class of products - Researcher
- Linking evidence and policy for managing biodiversity in the agricultural landscape - Project Collaborator
- Multifunctional field margins for the delivery of ecosystem services (water quality protection, pollinator support and bio-control) - Director of Study
- Mycotoxin contamination: assessment of risk in livestock systems - Researcher
- Quick Scoping Review on the impact of pesticides used in amenity on the water environment - Project Manager
- Rapid Evidence Assessment and Quick Scoping Review for water policy decision making - Project manager
- The effectiveness of integrated farm management, organic farming and agri-environment schemes as interventions for conserving biodiversity - Project manager
- The impact of on-farm mitigation measures for delivering an improved water environment - Project manager
- The multifunctional roles of vegetated strips around and within agricultural fields - Researcher
- The use of systematic mapping in supporting environmental decision making - Chair of methods group
- What is the effectiveness of agriculture interventions on agricultural investment, yields and income for smallholder farmers in Africa? - Project advisor
Harper Adams University supports OpenFields, the online land-based library.
Loading publication details from OpenFields...
- Natalie Rebelo Da Silva1, Hazel Zaranyikal, Laurenz Langer, Nicola Randall, Evans Muchiri1, and Ruth Stewart (2016) Making the Most of What We Already Know: A Three-Stage Approach to Systematic Reviewing Evaluation Review early view available
- Stuart L. Norrisa, Rod P. Blackshawe, Robert M. Dunna, Nigel R. Critchley, Kate E. Smith, John R. Williams, Nicola P. Randall, Philip J. Murray (2016) Improving above and below-ground arthropod biodiversity in maize cultivation systems Applied Soil Ecology 108 25-26
- Hardman C, Potts S, Dicks L & Randall NP Notes (2016) Spatial targeting brings new opportunities for agri-environment schemes Living with Environmental Change Policy and Practice Notes Note No 28. March 2016
- Katy L. James, Nicola P. Randall and Neal R. Haddaway (2015) A methodology for systematic mapping in environmental sciences Environmental Evidence 5:7
- Ruth Stewart, Laurenz Langer, Natalie Rebelo Da Silva, Evans Muchiri, Hazel Zaranyika, Yvonne Erasmus, Nicola Randall, Shannon Rafferty, Marcel Korth, Nolizwe Madinga, Thea de Wet (2015) The Effects of Training, Innovation and New Technology on African Smallholder Farmers’ Wealth and Food Security: A Systematic Review The Campbell Library - International Development Group 11 (16) ( View this systematic review at: http://www.campbellcollaboration.org/lib/project/310/)
- Nicola P Randall, Louise M Donnison, Paul J Lewis and Katy L James (2015) How effective are on-farm mitigation measures for delivering an improved water environment? A systematic map Environmental Evidence 4:18 (http://www.environmentalevidencejournal.org/content/4/1/18 )
- Ruth Stewart, Yvonne Erasmus, Hazel Zaranyika, Natalie Rebelo Da Silva, Marcel Korth, Laurenz Langer, Nicola Randall,Nolizwe Madingaa & Thea de Wet (2014) The size and nature of the evidencebase for smallholder farming in Africa: a systematic map Journal of Development Effectiveness (To link to this article: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19439342.2013.877060)
- Dicks L. V., Ahpole J.E., Danhardt J., James K., Jönsson A., Randall N., Showler D. A., Smith R. K., Turpie S., Williams D.,and Sutherland W. J. (2014) Dicks L. V., Ahpole J.E., Danhardt J., James Farmland Conservation. Evidence for the effectiveness of interventions in northern and western Europe. Pelagic Publishing
- Millingon A and Randall NP (2013) How effective are farmland interventions for reducing Faecal Indicator Organisms (FIOs) in bathing and shellfish waters (especially Escherichia Coli and Intestinal Enterococci) coming from river catchments? A Quick Scoping Review
- Waterson A and Randall NP (2013) What impact does the alteration of timing to slurry applications have on leaching of nitrate, phosphate and bacterial pathogens? A Rapid Evidence Assessment.
- Bayliss HR, Stewart GB, Wilcox A and Randall NP (2013) A perceived gap between invasive species research and stakeholder priorities Neobiota 19 (pp 67-82)
- Dicks, L. V., Hodge I, Smith R.K., Scharlemann, J.P.W., Siriwardena G., Randall N.P., Smith H.G., and Sutherland W. J. (2013) A transparent Process for Evidence Informed Policy-making. Conservation Letters 7 (2) pp 119-125
- Randall NP and James KL (2012) The effectiveness of integrated farm management, organiscfarming and agri-environment schemes as interventions for conserving farmland biodiversity - a systematic map. Environmental Evidence 1:4
- Bayliss HR, Wilcox A, Stewart GB and Randall NP (2012) Does research information meet the needs of stakeholders? Exploring evidence selection in the global management of invasive species. Evidence and Policy 8 (1) 35-56
- Randall NP Donnison LM and Lewis PJ (2012) How effective are slurry storage, cover or catch crops, woodland creation, controlled trafficking or break up of compacted layers, and buffer strips as on-farm mitigation measures for delivering an improved water environment? Systematic Review Protocol Environmental Evidence 1:12
- Bayliss HR and Randall NP (2011) Perceptions of the role of research in invasive species management In Practice 72 (14-15)
Chair for Collaboration for Environmental Evidence (CEE) Systematic Mapping Methods Group. More information can be found at: http://www.environmentalevidence.org/Mgroups_maps.html
Editorial Board - Environmental Evidence Journal.
Chair of Research Degrees Awarding Board - Harper Adams University
Randall NP and James KL (2012) Conserving Farmland Biodiversity - A database of research Harper Adams University College http://ofi.openfields.org.uk/1.12020160
Smith R and Randall NP (2011) Butterfly diversity at Harper Adams Harper Adams University College
CONFERENCE AND WORKSHOP ORGANISATION:
BES invasive species specialist group conferences: July 2009, Kings College London UK; June 2011, Harper Adams University College UK.
Workshop: Invasive species. Key priorities for science, policy and practice. (2nd European Congress of Conservation Biology, Prague 2009)